June 8th, 2018

Ok. Cover number four. 

For this one I picked “Jolene” by Dolly Parton. Dolly is a hell of a songwriter, both in what she's written for herself and for others. I think she's got a really cool sense of melody, and she's the type of professional we don't much see anymore. Always seemed genuinely kind as well. But I remember when someone on youtube put up the 33rpm version of Jolene (pressed as a 45) about 5 years ago, and I got a little obsessed with it. At some point I figured out the chords just playing along with the track, for my own amusement. When deciding to lay down some covers, it was one of the first ones that came to mind. I also noticed, once I stripped this down to its chords, that it reminded me of some music from old fantasy films. Like the soundtrack of “The Last Unicorn”. So I decided to push that stuff a bit with the piano and mellotrons. 

I had a ton of fun making this cover art, too. Everyone involved just laughed for a couple hours straight. Again, I worked with Glen Alen who runs Drag Academy, and he put the entire look together. He found and styled the wig, did the make-up, and already had the fake breasts and jewelry. He was a one stop shop! I was unsure of how this one would go, but he nailed it. Thanks again, Glen. And a special to thanks to “69” for letting us shoot in their space and for providing the clothes, and to Roy Berry for taking the photos. I just showed up and it all happened. 

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Hopefully, this can be a little bit of nightmare fuel. I think it's probably the best photo I've ever taken. Hahaha. 

And like all the others, I cut together a video out of public domain footage that caught my eye. 

This is the last one in that style, though. The last two covers are a little stranger with the videos. Excited to see how those shape up. 

But cool. That's enough for now. I hope everyone is well.